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30 paintings, 30 days

%2230-30, day 4- Unknown Landscape%22, Brian Kivuti (2017) [.web].jpg

Along the the track of 2016 I discovered, contrary to my long-standing opinion, that I actually enjoy painting. It soon dawned onto me that in a perfectionistic mindset, I had written off painting for simply being mediocre at it. But, as I let slowly let this go, giving myself over to the process, something new unfolded.


Old Town Street, Brian Kivuti 2016
Ink & Bleach on Watercolour Paper


Storm, Brian Kivuti 2016
Mixed Media on Watercolour Paper (Quink Ink, Indian ink, Acrylic Ink, Bleach, White-out, Acrylic Glitter)


I found, that the more I allowed myself to simply be here, painting, the better and more enjoyable my painting became. Letting go of that perfectionist voice that judges and insists what I and the experience should be (and simply can't live up to), unlocked a willingness to explore. Being present to the process, allowed it to unfold.

Though that inner tyrant returned, those moments in its silence in which I created formed waves and streets on paper of I am proud. Vulnerability took the stage, and my own creative voice too strength.

Fast forwarding to the rise of 2017, I decided to engage in a 30 days 30 paintings project; an idea supplied from the podcast, Artists Helping Artists. I figured that emotionally tumultuous month of January, fraught with depression, averse to jewellery making, could instead explore the nuance of painting.

I never did not complete the 30 days, but that hardly was the point I realized. The point, was to get those creative juices flowing, be vulnerable, and discover something new & good.


Best of 30/30


Unknown Landscape (day 4), Brian Kivuti 2017
Mixed Media on watercolor paper (Ink, oil paint, bleach, graphite).
21 x 29.7 cm (A4)


Listen (day 3), Brian Kivuti 2017
Mixed Media on watercolor paper (Ink, graphite, oil paint, watercolour pencil, bleach, soft pastel).
29.7 x 42 cm (A3)

untitled (day 13), Brian Kivuti 2017
Mixed Media on watercolor paper (Ink, acrylic paint, bleach, watercolor pencil, graphite).
14.8 x 21 cm (A5)


Winter & Earth (day 8), Brian Kivuti 2017
Mixed Media on watercolor paper (Ink, oil paint, acrylic paint, bleach).
Diptych, each 10.5 x 14.8 cm (A6)


Fire on the Shore (day 10), Brian Kivuti 2017
Mixed Media on watercolor paper (Ink, acrylic paint, bleach).
10.5 x 14.8 cm (A6)


The full Collection


I figured that this is a fantastic way to start every new year with. Besides that possible new ritual, I'm curious how this expansion in painting and obsession with abstract landscapes will play out. For now, I'm thinking BIGGER PAINTINGS, and attention of negative space.



It is such an honor to make something someone else can care for.

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